There are many reasons your company or business would want to consider redesigning the office, and, if you’re reading this, you probably already have a reason of your own to do so. But for those who are still on the fence about giving your office a makeover, here are a few reasons that you may relate to:
Growth. Offices often consider redesigning their current workspace to accommodate the growth in their operations, specifically the growing team and additional office equipment. A redesign may be required to ensure that the office can accommodate the additional staff and equipment, prevent the office from becoming crowded, hard to move in, and pose a fire and safety hazard.
Productivity. In connection with the previous point, office makeovers are oftentimes geared towards maximising space. Maximising space and accommodating growth subsequently promotes office productivity. On the other hand, some offices that don’t require additional space for new staff and/or equipment perform a makeover solely to improve the current workforce’s productivity.
Change. Companies and businesses evolve, change their culture, or adopt new goals, and a good way to represent this change is through giving the office a makeover. For example, a company that has started to “go green” may start incorporating a more environmentally-friendly design and emphasise plants and natural lighting.
Safety. To improve office safety, certain changes in the design and layout of the office are made. Redesigns with safety in mind emphasise easier access to fire exits, less clutter and smarter positioning of equipment and furniture to minimise hazards, and so on.
Sustainability and Cost-Efficiency. Lastly, an office redesign may be warranted to lower the energy cost office.
Redesigning Without Breaking Bank
However, one of the main reasons why many businesses put office redesigns on hold is because of budgetary constraints. Luckily, there are ways you can redesign your office without breaking the bank.
Keep It Simple
You don’t need to make elaborate changes and introduce new features to the office — although you can if your budget allows it (and if you can find innovative and cheap ways to do so). However, when redesigning your office on a budget, it’s important that you keep the design simple — find the right balance between function and aesthetics. Some offices may even benefit from adopting a more minimalist theme, which results in more space, less clutter, and a more “open” feel to it.
No Need For Brand New
When it comes to furniture, you don’t exactly need to use or purchase new ones. Some companies sell refurbished office furniture that you can take advantage of as an affordable way to add or replace office furniture. In fact, many of these refurbished furniture look and function just as well as new ones.
Incorporate Natural Lighting
One of the best things you can do when redesigning your office is introducing natural light more prominently. Not only is natural light way cheaper than all those light fixtures, but it’s known to have a positive effect on employee morale and demeanour — making the office seem more vibrant, breathable, and natural instead of artificial and cramped.
Minimise “Corporate” Artwork
Motivational posters, pictures of eagles and mountains, and similar “corporate” art that’s become a cliché in many offices aren’t doing you, your office, or your workforce any favours. So, when redesigning, do away with these posters and artwork. Instead, focus on cheaper and much more impactful office wall decors such as greenery, storytelling, and message boards, and so on.
When redesigning your office, it’s important to have a goal — to know why you’re doing so, so that your makeover plan coincides with what you wish to achieve in the redesign. And don’t let budgetary constraints stop you from doing so, be innovative and perhaps take note of these budget-friendly redesigning tips so that you can finally push through the redesign without punching a hole in your company’s finances.